Areas of research

Members of the Contemporary Histories group are concerned with the uses of history in the public sphere and public debate. They research and publish on a range of topics linked to the unfinished business of the modern past, including the (often-interconnected) following:

  • Australia’s indigenous past, including leadership, contact history and the role of Christianity
  • Modern Pacific history, including special focus on Papua New Guinea
  • Biography and other forms of life writing
  • Decolonisation: from colonial to postcolonial, as shown in historical, fictional and performative interpretations
  • The political uses of history
  • Remembering conflict and its aftermath
  • Material culture and transmission